Weep, for us all…

Aug. 31, 2020  MacLean’s Magazine - Paul Wells Another farce on Bill Blair's watch - How badly do things have to go for a government-appointed panel to shut down because it got no usable data and no help from the minister? The link offers the … [Read more...]

Still solitary…

Aug 28, 2020 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Federal, Ontario governments under fire for handling of solitary confinement Court rulings have found the solitary practices in Canada’s prisons unconstitutional but prison and human right advocates are … [Read more...]

Drug laws?

Aug 23, 2020 CBC News – Catherine Tunney Federal prosecutors told to avoid drug possession charges when possible in new directive - Charges should be sought only in 'most serious cases,' says director of public prosecutions The federal … [Read more...]

Policing costs…

Aug 19, 2020 Toronto Star - Moya Teklu The high cost of anti-Black racism and policing The side of the defunding the police argument not heard yet from advocates or defenders is the question whether there is a cost involved in a specific racist … [Read more...]

Policy may help…

Aug. 7, 2020 Edmonton Journal - Lauren Boothby Illicit drugs readily available at Edmonton Max, but drug treatment withheld: prison justice society John Howard Society reminds us that illicit drugs are readily available inside the prison, even … [Read more...]

Public Inquiry…

July 31, 2020  Statement from Minister Bill Blair A perhaps subtle change but significant nonetheless.  People have been clamoring for a full public inquiry with subpoena and sworn testimony instead of the first presented review.  Players or now … [Read more...]

What ails us all…

July 22, 2020 Vox.com (US) - Ezra Klein Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal - A conversation about truth and reconciliation in the US. Stevenson is the author of the book and now movie of the same title – Just Mercy.  He carries on an … [Read more...]

The Digital trail…

July 20, 2020 Toronto Star – Betsy Powell and Alyshaw Hasham Inside Ontario’s first major criminal trial by Zoom The Zoom effort saw informal exchanges and departure from the usual dress as well as a pleasing reaction from defense lawyer Reid … [Read more...]

No killing…

July 13, 2020  Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Canada’s largest Indigenous police force has never shot anyone dead The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is 26 years old with currently 203 officers (60% Indigenous) and policing 34,000 people over … [Read more...]

RCMP in distress…

July 12, 2020 MacLean’s – Stephen Maher The RCMP is broken - The iconic force is fraying under the strain of its rural policing model, tragic mistakes, an ugly past and a controversial present In the light of the events of the recent killings … [Read more...]